Aged care on Joan's agenda
LIBERAL candidate for Richmond Joan van Lieshout said dealing with dementia, which is a big problem in the Tweed, is not part of the major expansion of mental healthcare services under the Coalition Government.
“That is a really big issue which I will be perusing with Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells,” Cr van Lieshout said.
Cr van Lieshout knows dementia is an issue due to a recent aged care forum she attended.
Dementia cannot be readily managed in mainstream aged care facilities.
“People with dementia need security,” Cr Lieshout said.
The Real Action plan for better mental health by the Coalition will supply $1.5 billion towards 800 mental health beds, 20 new Early Psychosis Intervention Centres and 60 additional youth headspace sites.
Cr Lieshout said the new spending in mental health would help take pressure off hospitals.
“It will also provide more treatment facilities in community settings to the benefit of those suffering with a mental illness,” Cr Lieshout said.
“Mental illness often first manifests itself in teenagers or young adults and early intervention is critical to help these young people deal with their disorder and regain health.
“Labor talked about mental health, but took no action. The Coalition has a strong track record and will deliver necessary services to those suffering a mental illness.”
“The Coalition will deliver services to those suffering a mental illness.”